Mockingbird Nature Park is located in Midlothian at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Onward Road. We urge you to come out and see this hidden gem. Walk the trails, observe the wildlife, and view the wildflowers, this is your park.
The Indian Trail Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program chose Mockingbird Nature Park to be one of our primary projects. Our mission is to provide service and education on preserving and protecting our native Texas environment for present and future generations. It was donated to the City of Midlothian by the Holcim Corporation in 2008. It consists of 68 acres of prairie and riparian environments. One of our first Mockingbird projects was to plant a wildflower and butterfly garden near the front entrance. The garden attracts large numbers of Monarch, Queen, and other butterflies in the spring and fall. There may be 50 to 100 butterflies around the garden at any one time.
Mockingbird Nature Park is an excellent example of business, government and volunteers working together. It many important partners that work to make the park the gem that it is. The City of Midlothian keeps the trails mowed and they have accommodated us in so many ways. Holcim Corporation graciously donated the material for a boardwalk and installed it at the far west end of the Park to allow access to the riparian area and to create a longer walking trail. Holcim will also be excavating out the pond area and lining it to make it hold water. The Cedar Hill Boy Scouts built a beautiful bird blind at the quarter-mile mark on the trail and we installed a water catchment system with water dripper to attract more birds. Users can view and identify many song birds from the bird blind. The Boy Scouts also installed mileage markers, benches, and other signage on the trails as well as clearing of the fence lines on Onward Road. The local Girl Scouts built and installed Bluebird houses in the park. Many of the houses now have Bluebirds nesting in them. When you are out on the trails there is a good chance you will see the little bright blue guys. In addition to the wildflower and butterfly garden, the master naturalists have added charts and pamphlets to the bird blind, and built numerous benches for rest spots along the trails, and this year we have added native grass demonstration beds with grasses donated by yet another partner, John Snowden of Bluestem Nursery in Arlington, TX. The City Parks and Recreation Department has recently installed new signs on Mockingbird Lane pointing to the entrance of the park and will also be installing a pedestrian walk-in gate on Mockingbird Lane adjacent to the elementary school across the road for easier access for the school children and the surrounding neighborhoods. Most recently, the Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of funds donated by the Mt. Peak Park Association and labor from the Master Naturalists, installed 36 tree identification markers along the trails.
We urge you to come out and see this gem of a nature park; we’ll be out there hosting wildflower walks every first and third Monday of the month starting at 9 a.m. all summer long. In addition, we have a night hike scheduled for July 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Do you think nature should be part of our everyday life, not just somewhere to go on the weekends? You are invited to attend our free, open-to-the-public, monthly program on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Red Oak Library, 200 Lakeview Pkwy in Red Oak For more information on the Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 972-825-5175, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: http://txmn.org/indiantrail/.
Billy King is a member of Indian Trail Master Naturalists and is the Midlothian Parks and Recreation Manager.